News: "This Is It" Producers Dismiss Michael Jackson Body Double Rumors

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009 3:25AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Sony Pictures has reportedly released a statement regarding allegations of the late Michael Jackson's This Is It film featuring a body double for the singer.

According to a statement released by a Sony rep, fans will clearly realize Jackson is portrayed by himself in the film.

"This story is pure garbage and there are no body doubles," the statement reads. "Audiences will begin to see the film tomorrow and every time they see The King of Pop they will know that every frame is unquestionably Michael as he rehearses and prepares for the London concerts that were to have begun this past summer." (TMZ)

Early reports suggested a body double may have been used for the movie.

The issue of body double use began after Joe Jackson claimed the media would "tear this movie apart" and that it was "mostly body doubles." Joe's statements were quite different from the ones his son Jackie Jackson recently made about the film -- he called it "riveting" and says his brother's performance is "electrifying." (OK! Magazine)

Pre-release tickets for This Is It have reportedly been selling out at theaters across the nation with more than 1,600 sold-out showings.

Advance sales for This Is It look set to make the concert movie starring the late Michael Jackson into one of the hottest tickets of the year. The singer's concert movie has generated more than 1,600 sold-out U.S. show times and is the top seller this week at two major online ticket outlets. That puts This Is It in the same territory as next month's highly anticipated Twilight sequel New Moon and other films that have generated high pre-release sales. The studio has said the 112-minute movie will have a limited two-week engagement around the world, starting Oct. 28. (Billboard)

As a result of Jackson's high-demand, theaters have opened up more show times.

"The pre-sales activity all over the world has been nothing short of extraordinary," Steve Elzer, a spokesman for Sony Corp-owned Columbia Pictures, the studio behind the film. "But exhibitors have really met the demand by adding screens, and tickets are available for anyone who would want to see it, anytime." (Reuters)

This Is It will premiere in movie theaters Wednesday, October 28th.

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